Sunday, December 29, 2013

Biggest surprise of the year

While my biggest disappointment of 2013 was the release of three kits of the Soviet Object 279, it's also my biggest surprise for the year.

Twelve months ago you would've laughed at me had I suggested that we'd see an injection molded kit of this obscure tank. Even if Steve Zaloga had said it more than a few of you would've laughed at him. But here were are in December with multiple releases, and if they tell us anything about the state of the hobby it's that the manufacturers aren't afraid to take a chance on unusual subjects. That can be only a good thing for modelers as we look forward to 2014.

As Trumpeter has announced its upcoming Soviet subjects many armor modelers have been asking for a T-10 and other overlooked Soviet tanks. I think it's safe to say that if three companies are willing to produce the Object 279, we're very likely to see a T-10 in 2014, or 2015 at the latest. If I were a betting man, I'd put money on that prediction.

On a final note, I think it's beyond ironic that three companies would choose to produce a model of the same, obscure tank within months of each other. I'd love to know how that happened, but I suspect only the insiders at each of the manufacturers know, and they're not likely to tell us. Anyone care to speculate?

1 comment:

  1. I'd say each company has some serious World Of tanks players in the ranks... This game is going to sustain silly giant tanks as an on ongoing genre.